Hornibrook-B1G offensive player of the week

Wisconsin Badgers quarterback Alex Hornibrook (12) throws a pass under pressure during the third quarter of a game against the Brigham Young Cougars at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, Utah, Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. M.P. KING, STATE JOURNAL

M.P. KING, STATE JOURNAL

Alex Hornibrook’s career day at BYU earned him Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors when the conference released its weekly awards Monday.

The sophomore completed 18-of-19 passes and set new career highs for passing yards (256) and touchdowns (four) in the Badgers’ 40-6 victory. His completion percentage of 94.7 broke a school record and was the best in Big Ten history by any quarterback attempting at least 13 passes.

“All week he was on the money,” UW true freshman wide receiver Danny Davis said after the game. “It had a lot to do with how he practiced this week, and it transitioned to the game."

Hornibrook, who ended the game with 14 straight completions, connected on all eight of his third-down throws Saturday for 114 yards and three touchdowns. For the season, he’s completed 18-of-23 third-down passes for 241 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions.

His pass efficiency rating of 277.4 ranks as the second-highest single-game mark in school history, and his only incompletion on the day came on a first-half drop by Davis.

It was the second straight week a UW player received the honor. True freshman running back Jonathan Taylor was named co-Offensvie Player of the Week by the Big Ten after his 223-yard, three-touchdown performance against Florida Atlantic on Sept. 9.

UW adds in-state preferred walk-on

Grantsburg High linebacker John Chenal tweeted Monday that he had accepted a preferred walk-on offer from UW.

Per the tweet, Badgers coach Paul Chryst visited the 6-foot-3, 235-pound Chenal at his school Monday. The class of 2018 recruit was previously committed to North Dakota.

Chenal’s younger brother, Grantsburg High athlete Leo Chenal, became UW’s first scholarship commitment of the 2019 class last week.

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Jason Galloway is the Wisconsin Badgers football beat writer for the Wisconsin State Journal.